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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

History

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Historical Files

Club Publications

Photographs

Dallas Morning News

Bonehead Activities

Club, Songs, Speeches, Origional Writings, Membership Rosters, Constitution and By-Laws, and Written Histories.

Miscellaneous Materials

Chronological By Year

Office Files

Bonehead Publications

Ephemera

Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Dallas Bonehead Club Records

Register and Researchers' Guide



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dallas Bonehead Club
Title: Dallas Bonehead Club Records
Dates: 1919-Present
Accession No.: MA83-1
Quantity: 24 Boxes
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

History

On Friday, April 1, 1919 the Bonehead Club was created in Dallas. An official Texas State Chapter for the organization was granted in May of 1920. Membership consists of businessmen, doctors, lawyers and other professionals. The correct full name is: Bonehead Club of Dallas Texas Museum No. 1, Mother Club of the World (Cosmos). For the past sixty years members of this exclusive organization have kept the same purpose and philosophy of their founders, which is, in their own words, "OUR AIM: NOTHING, OUR PURPOSE, NOTHING, OUR INSPIRATION: NOTHING, MOTTO: TO LEARN MORE AND MORE ABOUT LESS AND LESS UNTIL, EVENTUALLY, WE SHALL KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT NOTHING!" The true sole purpose of the Bonehead Club is to relax and have fun. It has been expressed that stress and the need for escape are problems of the High-Tech Age of the 1980s and the 21st Century. If that be the case, the Bonehead Club founders were either ahead of their time, or the world was just as stressful for businessmen of the early 20th Century. In either case, the members of the Bonehead Club found their way to temporarily forget the seriousness of their daily lives through complete "refreshing foolishness."

Over the years the Bonehead Club has sponsored such civic minded projects as the wedding of the Dallas Zoo's Camels, Josephine and Napoleon, and participation in the beautification of Dallas by planting a large oak tree in the center of the intersection of Akard and Commerce streets. Other activities included official closing of the State Fair, the day before its official opening, Christmas parties in April and a host of other totally useless but equally crazy events. The Bonehead Club constantly reminds everyone not to take things too seriously. They are a part of the history of Dallas, its members are generally some of Dallas' most prominent businessmen, lawyers, doctors and professional men.

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Scope and Contents

The Bonehead Club Records include the 1919 constitution and 1920 State Charter, membership lists and copies of the official publication, Pithyosseous, from 1943-2002. Newspaper clippings and photographs depict the various activities and members of the organization.

Additional Bonehead Club materials have been processed at the end of the collection (boxes 20 - 24). Additional Pithyosseous were filed with existing collection in boxes 9, 9A, and 9B. Also, additional Pithyosseous were added to boxes 21 and 22. Materials from the years 1962-1990 and publications related to the Bonehead Club are included. Ephemera materials are located under the Miscellaneous Materials series as well as the Ephemera series at the end of the collection.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Dallas Bonehead Club
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Titles:
Dallas Bonehead Club Records

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA83-1 Dallas Bonehead Club Records Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Dr. John Geers. Edited by Cindy C. Smolovik, Archivist. Additions processed by Rehan Walgama

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Historical Files

1919-1939
Box Folder
1 1 Constitution & By-Laws, Motto, 1919
2 Club History, Charter, How to Be A Soldier, By-Laws For Affiliated Clubs 1920
3 The Bonehead Magazine, clippings, 1921
4 Active Member List, clippings, 1922
5 Commencement Exercises, Bonehead University, 1923
6 Charter Member Badge, 1924
7 "MA" Ferguson Inaugural Ball and Banquet, 1925
8 April Fool's Day Nite Party, 1926
9 Bonehead Pea Knife Company, 1927
10 Bonehead Club Section, Dallas Morning News, 1927
11 Club Organization Chart, 1928
12 Membership Lists, 1929
13 Bonehead University Commencement; clippings, 1930
14 Members List, Photo Dr. Joe Taylor, Bonehead Wrangler, 1931
15 Correspondence, Constitution & By-Laws, 1932
16 Newspaper Clippings, 1933
17 Club Fifteenth Anniversary Program, 1934
18 Meeting Notices, clippings, 1935
19 Texas Centennial Proclamation, Centennial News, 1936
20 Correspondence, first appearance of Pithyosseous, 1937
21 Memorial to Dean Elzy Jennings, Photos, 1938
22 Christmas-New Year Brawl, May 21, 1939, photos
1941-1952
Box Folder
2 1 Dick West Article, photos, 1941
2 Proposed Changes in Constitution, photos, 1942
3 The Boneheader, photos, 1943
4 Bonehead Solution to news print shortage, photos, 1944
5 Clippings, photos, 1945
6 The Inimitable "Cap" Long, photos, 1946
7 Christmas & New Years Program, photos 1947
8 International Convention, Monterrey. Ray Halloran Texas Hater 1948
9 30th Anniversary Christmas party, photos, 1949
10 Friday the 13th Homecoming, photos, 1950
11 Correspondence, clippings, photos, 1951
12 "The Dizzy Men of Dallas," Texas Parade, photos, 1952
1953-1958
Box Folder
3 1 "The Zanymen of Dallas," Real, August, 1953, Mayne Longnecher Speech
2 Correspondence, clippings, photos, 1954
3 Correspondence, clippings, photos, 1955
4 Prospectus:Bonehead Banking & Insurance Deposit Company, clippings, photos, 1956
5 Clippings, photos, 1957
6 Certificate of Merit, Bonehead University; clippings, 1958
1959-1966
Box Folder
4 1 Clippings, photos, "Poet Lousee" award, 1959
2 Clippings, correspondence, 1960
3 Correspondence, clippings, Bonehead Club vs Connie B. Gay, et al, 1961
4 Ode to Boneheads on 4th of July, Onlender, Reform Tom Eagleston State of Union address, 1962
5 Flower show, photos, 1963
6 Correspondence, clippings, photos, 1964
7 Homecoming(Poem), wives and secretaries meeting. 1965
8 Flower show, clippings, 1966
1967-1982
Box Folder
5 1 Inawgral Brawl, April,Correspondence, 1967
2 Flower Show Entries, clippings, 1968
3 50 Golden Years, 1969
4 Annual Meeting program, clippings, 1970
5 Membership Lists, annual meeting, 1971
6 Azalea Queen, Joe Bailey, photos, 1972
7 Pithyosseous - Special Edition, 1973
8 Corn, Thesis presented by Freshman Don Clark, 1974
9 Photos, correspondence, 1975
10 First Annual "mini" Grand Prix, The Fine Art of Sulking, Tom Eagleston, 1976
11 "The April Fools Club," Ken Badt, 1977
12 "Articles of Incorporation," photos, negatives, 1978
13 Annual Report, color photos, 1979
14 "Commiepouf Song" - Bonehead of the Year Awards, 1980
15 "Nobody's Perfekt" premiere,Pithyosseous, Special Edition, 1981
16 "Bonehead of the Year" Nominees, Winner, 1982
17 "Bonehead of the year" 1965-1979
18 Kennedy Assassination Materials 1963
Miscellaneous
Box Folder
6 1 J. Howard Payne, Chairman, Extension Committee Correspondence, 1921-1959
2 News Clippings, 1950-1963
3 Inaugural Ball program, 1965
4 Membership nominations, 1977-1980
5 The Telephone Story - Telephone Hour, 1959
6 Bonehead Stationary
7 Moon Warranty Deed
8 Famous Bonehead Inventions
9 Printed Items, clippings, notes
10 Members Resume sheets
11 Mounted news clippings, 1953-1955
12 Poem - "A Bonehead Wife's Lament" 2/15/91
13 Letter from Social Security Administration on occasion of Bonehead 65th Anniv.

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Club Publications

Box Folder
7 Pithyosseous 1943-1957
Box Folder
8 Pithyosseous 1958-1965
Club Publications and Programs
Box Folder
9 1 Pithyosseous - Miscellaneous copies 1968-1980
2 Pithyosseous - original paste-ups 1975
3 Pithyosseous 1975
4 Pithyosseous - original paste-ups 1976
5 Pithyosseous 1976
6 Pithyosseous blank sheets
7 Christmas & Inaugural Ball programs, 1950-1957
8 Christmas & Inaugural Ball programs, 1959-1979
Box Folder
9a Pithyosseous 1978-1988
Box Folder
9b Pithyosseous 1988-present

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Photographs

Box Folder
10 1-5 8 X 10 Photographs
6 Snapshots, Christmas Party 1979
7 Snapshots n.d.
8 Snapshots, Annual Flower Show, 1962
9 Snapshots, Annual Flower Show, 1964
10 Ramiro Salazar - Dallas Public Library Director at Bonehead Club meeting. 18 March 1994
11 Closing of 2005 State Fair of Texas - 29 September 2006
Box Folder
11 Photographs and Negatives n.d.

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Box Folder
12 Bonehead Club Section, Dallas Morning News October 9, 1927

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Bonehead Activities

Box Folder
13 1 Flower Show meetings, 1961-1963
2 Flower Show meetings, 1964
3 Photostats of Bonehead Articles, Titles: "The Zany Bonehead," "Merry Boneheads of Dallas," and "The Bonehead Wrangler" 1931-1957
4 Most Useless Citizen Award, 1957
5 Chigger Party, 1956
6 Bonehead Life Insurance Company
7 Doctor of Spanish Calisthenics Forms, Bonehead University
8 Awards Luncheon, 1980
9 Worse Neighbor of the Year
10 Closing of State Fair, proclamation, 1963
11 Initiation Ceremony
12 "Takeover" of 25th Anniversary "Early Bird" Radio Program
13 Visitors Information Sheets
14 Miscellaneous Correspondence
15 The Electroencephalometer, Text and photos
16 Gifts to area institutions, 1993

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Club, Songs, Speeches, Origional Writings, Membership Rosters, Constitution and By-Laws, and Written Histories.

Box Folder
14 1 Casey At the Bat - Timothy Thayer
2 Ladle Rat Rotten Hut
3 Revised Rules for Intercollegiate Football
4 "Owed" to a red neck, Tie J.H. Cullom
5 Job Creators of America, E. Bottom and D. Stewart
6 Melody in F, J. Garlock and G. Jones
7 Telegrams, Dr. Neal Lyons reports on his research, 1953
8 35th Anniversary Article, R. Moncrief, 1954
9 Don't put all your Eggs in one Basket, Fathers Chicken,How,Poorman's Poe
10 April Fools Club,Ben Badt Speech , 1977
11 Jack Horn's Phrenology, 1962
12 C. Harold Byrd Informal Talk, 1978
13 Farewell Speech J. Detweiler, 1957
14 Fellow Golfer
15 Historical Significance of U.S. Foreign policy as seen by Bonehead Freshman
16 Can He Revive Pro Footballs Sad Sacks, Frank X. Tolbert re Giles Miller, 1952
17 Bonehead Songs
18 Charter #2, Flagstaff Arizona Club, 1928
19 It All Started in the Ladies Ordinary, Frank Tolbert, 1962
20 Report of Membership Committee, 1961
21 Membership Rosters
22 Constitution & By Laws, 1930-1978
23 Prepared Histories of the Club
24 State Fair Closing Proclamation, 1992
25 Ezekiel Airship Mfg. Co. (historical marker)
26 John R. Harris, Jr. Obituary 1/21/93
27 Membership Directory (c. 1974) and Bylaws
28 Address by Freshman Ralph Fentress Black, Jan. 29 1993
29 "Personal Trust Accounts in a Large Texas Bank" by Freshman Thomas B. Chaunault, 18 April 1999
30 "How Lucky Can You Be?" by Freshman Charles Busbee, 22 April 1999
31 Address by Dr. Ed Basham - "The Chambliss Family", Oct. 6, 2000
32 "An Old Bonehead presents - Reflections" Compiled by Brad and Jan Angers March 2007

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Miscellaneous Materials

Box Folder
15 Slides, Movies, Tapes
Box Folder
16 Scrapbook
Box Folder
17 Ephemera
Box Folder
18 Ephemera
Box Folder
19 State Fair Proclamation, gift from Kiwanis Club to Bonehead Club (paper mache cow dung)

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Chronological By Year

Box Folder
20 1 1962
2 1963
3 1964
4 1965
5 1966
6 1967
7 1968
8 1969
9 1970
10 1971
11 1972
12 1973
13 1974
14 1975
15 1976
16 1977
17 1978
18 1979
19 1980
20 1980
21 1981
22 1981
23 1982
24 1983
25 1984
26 1985
27 1986
28 1990

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Office Files

Box Folder
21 1 Bruce Alger: memos, clippings pertaining to Bruce Alger
2 Attendance: attendance records at Bonehead meetings
3 Bonehead of the Year: memos related to Bonehead of the Year Award
4 Bonehead of the Year: memos related to Bonehead of the Year Award
5 Bonehead University Entrance Examination
6 By-laws, Protocol: By-laws and articles of incorporation and papers on initiation ceremony
7 Calendars
8 Correspondence
9 Database: Most Useless, Annual Events, Officers
10 Members of Bonehead: notecards, profiles, resumes, address, phone number list, Meet a Member story
11 Memos
12 Memos
13 NASA: photos, fact booklet
14 Pictures
15 Songs

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Bonehead Publications

Box Folder
21 16 Bonehead Publications: general publications concerning Bonehead club
17 Magazine Clippings
18 Media Coverage: newspapers with Bonehead material
19 Newspaper Articles
20 Pithyosseous: July 1971 - December 1974: Bonehead news
Box Folder
22 1 Pithyosseous: April 1977 - April 1978: Bonehead news
2 Pithyosseous: May 1991 - January 1992: Bonehead news
3 Sunshine: February 1979 - October 1981: general news
4 Sunshine: October 1981 - April 1985: general news
5 Sunshine: May 1985 - April 1986: general news
6 Sunshine: April 1986 - December 1988: general news
7 Sunshine: December 1988 - March 1991: general news
8 Bonehead Notebook (Roster)
9 Bonehead Notebook (Roster)

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Ephemera

Box Folder
23 1 Bowl, plaques, etc.
Box Folder
24 1 Derby Hat

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